ethanol http://iowapublicradio.org en Ethanol Advocates Fight for Renewable Fuel Standard http://iowapublicradio.org/post/ethanol-advocates-fight-renewable-fuel-standard <p></p><p style="margin-bottom: 20px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; font-family: 'PT Sans', sans-serif;">Ethanol advocates made the case for preserving the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) on Tuesday in front of the Senate Agriculture Committee.</p> Tue, 08 Apr 2014 20:27:58 +0000 Amy Mayer 38811 at http://iowapublicradio.org Ethanol Advocates Fight for Renewable Fuel Standard The Renewable Fuel Standard http://iowapublicradio.org/post/renewable-fuel-standard <p>A decade ago ethanol was touted as an eco-friendly biofuel that would not only decrease U.S. dependence on foreign oil, but also boost the Midwest's economy. Today however, ethanol’s future is a matter of debate.</p><p>The <a href="http://www.epa.gov/">Environmental Protection Agency </a>recently <a href="http://www.epa.gov/otaq/fuels/renewablefuels/documents/420f13048.pdf">proposed reducing the ethanol mandate</a> for the nation’s fuel supply. Many Iowa and around Midwest believe a reduction to the RFS would be economically devastating.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 28 Jan 2014 21:16:35 +0000 Ben Kieffer & Sarah Boden 35464 at http://iowapublicradio.org The Renewable Fuel Standard A Rush of Home Invasions and Shootings in Des Moines http://iowapublicradio.org/post/rush-home-invasions-and-shootings-des-moines <p>So far this year, Des Moines has reported eight home invasions; the number coming very close to the eleven home invasions reported over the course of the entire previous year (2013).</p> Fri, 24 Jan 2014 22:20:13 +0000 Ben Kieffer & Emily Woodbury 35280 at http://iowapublicradio.org A Rush of Home Invasions and Shootings in Des Moines Up Against Blend Wall, Ethanol's at a Crossroads http://iowapublicradio.org/post/against-blend-wall-ethanols-crossroads <p></p><p style="margin-bottom: 12px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; font-family: 'PT Sans', sans-serif; line-height: 15px;">A steady stream of semi-trailers rolls across the scales at the E Energy ethanol plant near the town of Adams in southeast Nebraska. The smokestack behind the scale house sends up a tall plume of white steam. The sweet smell of fermenting corn is in the air.</p> Tue, 21 Jan 2014 13:08:43 +0000 Grant Gerlock 35117 at http://iowapublicradio.org Up Against Blend Wall, Ethanol's at a Crossroads Corn stover market set to grow in 2014 http://iowapublicradio.org/post/corn-stover-market-set-grow-2014 <p>Something farmers often call “trash” could be a new <u>cash crop</u> in 2014. Two cellulosic ethanol plants are expected to begin operations in the coming year, one near Nevada and the other in Emmetsburg. They will create ethanol from the leaves, stalks and cobs of the corn plant, rather than the grain. And that means farmers will be able to sell the residue left on the field after harvest to the energy producers. Iowa State University agronomy professor Rick Cruse says cellulosic production could eventually expand to accept other raw materials.</p><p></p> Thu, 02 Jan 2014 15:47:09 +0000 Amy Mayer 34319 at http://iowapublicradio.org Corn stover market set to grow in 2014 News Buzz: Ethanol and Harvest Wrap Up http://iowapublicradio.org/post/news-buzz-ethanol-and-harvest-wrap <p>Nearly all gasoline sold in the U.S. contains up to 10 percent of ethanol—a corn-based liquid often added to gasoline. As a renewable fuel ethanol reduces the amount of petroleum-based gasoline on the market and many farmers receive subsidies to grow corn for the biofuel. But now the Environmental Protection Agency is considering a reduction in the required amount of ethanol for the country's gasoline supply.&nbsp; Harvest Public Media's Ames-based reporter <a href="http://iowapublicradio.org/people/amy-mayer">Amy Mayer</a> and host Ben Kieffer discuss the future of ethanol in the U.S.</p> Fri, 22 Nov 2013 20:13:51 +0000 Ben Kieffer & Sarah Boden 32528 at http://iowapublicradio.org News Buzz: Ethanol and Harvest Wrap Up Iowa Politicians Critical of Investigative AP Report on Ethanol http://iowapublicradio.org/post/iowa-politicians-critical-investigative-ap-report-ethanol <p></p><p>Critics are challenging an investigative report by the Associated Press that says ethanol production is damaging the environment. As Iowa Public Radio’s Clay Masters reports, the debate comes as the Environmental Protection Agency is getting closer to finalizing how much ethanol will be blended into gasoline in 2014.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 12 Nov 2013 21:20:15 +0000 Clay Masters 32012 at http://iowapublicradio.org Iowa Politicians Critical of Investigative AP Report on Ethanol Putting the I in Iowa http://iowapublicradio.org/post/putting-i-iowa <p></p> Mon, 02 Sep 2013 20:30:22 +0000 Pat Blank 28449 at http://iowapublicradio.org Putting the I in Iowa E85 Popularity up in Iowa. http://iowapublicradio.org/post/e85-popularity-iowa <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span>Iowa’s ultra-high ethonal, E-85, fuel pumps are increasingly popular.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">Iowa Public Radio’s Dean Borg reports.</span></p> Mon, 26 Aug 2013 13:53:12 +0000 Dean Borg 28056 at http://iowapublicradio.org E85 Popularity up in Iowa. Ethanol debate looks beyond short term gain http://iowapublicradio.org/post/ethanol-debate-looks-beyond-short-term-gain <p>Livestock producers want to press pause on the federal mandate for corn-based ethanol. They’re seeking relief from corn prices pushed up by the drought. But as Harvest Public Media’s Grant Gerlock reports, this short-term debate has broader implications.&nbsp;</p> Mon, 12 Nov 2012 20:31:28 +0000 grant gerlock 10648 at http://iowapublicradio.org Ethanol debate looks beyond short term gain Gas with more ethanol headed to some pumps http://iowapublicradio.org/post/gas-more-ethanol-headed-some-pumps <p>Head to your local filling station and you might see a new blend of gas at the pump. After a three-year regulatory process, the Environmental Protection Agency approved E15 – gas made with 15 percent ethanol – this summer.</p><p>Most gas we pump is already blended with ethanol, sometimes it contains as much as 10 percent, but the ethanol industry fought hard to bring E15 to the market. For ethanol backers and the farmers who feed the ethanol industry, getting drivers to pump gas with 50 percent more ethanol is a big win.</p> Mon, 17 Sep 2012 10:44:39 +0000 Jeremy Bernfeld 8060 at http://iowapublicradio.org Gas with more ethanol headed to some pumps